Thursday, 9 April 2009

Church of Misery - Houses of the Unholy

Out soon on Rise Above Records, Japan's serial-killer obsessed and one of the highlights of last year's Roadburn festival (see photo above) Church of Misery's latest release Houses of the Unholy .
First impressions are that this is the album where everything seems to finally come together for the band; chilling serial killer intros, fuzz-laden bass lines, rolling drums; I never imagined there would be a time when Japanese sludge with lyrics based on serial killers would acually sound like such a good-time album, if you know what I mean? It's not necessarily as brooding as their previous releases; you could listen to this album on a road trip or even have it on in the background whilst you have a few beers with friends as comfortably as listening to it on your headphones in bed, paranoid through chemicals.
Mood transcending J-Sludge? Yes please.

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